Pope Francis has invited all of us to begin a journey to becoming truly synodal in all we do. I am so delighted with the generous contributions of all who engaged in the first steps of this process. Gatherings and focused conversations took place throughout Lent and now as we near Pentecost it is timely to publish our Diocesan Synthesis. Our Diocesan Response has now been forwarded to the Irish Bishops’ Conference as the Synodal Task Group take time to discern the collated Irish Response to these first steps.
Thank you to the Diocesan Synod Committee for guiding this process. Thank you to all who engaged and contributed in any way to this synodal journey. I pray that the Synthesis captures those valued contributions. I welcome the publication of this Diocesan Synthesis and invite all of you who read it and reflect on it, to hold it in prayer. May the spirit of Pentecost breathe new life into our shared understanding of communion, participation and mission.